If you want to bring your Filipina lady to Australia permanently, then basically you have a choice between these two visas.
Australian Prospective Marriage Visa
This is also called a Fiancee Visa, or sometimes called a Prospective Spouse Visa, or a PMV. In the Migration Regulations it’s a Subclass 300. Fiancee Visa is a fair term, because that’s what it is. It’s a visa that allows you to bring your fiancee to Australia, where you must marry her within 9 months and then apply for an onshore Partner Visa (Subclass 820). Applying for the Subclass 820 later is a fairly simple process.
Australian Partner Visa
This is also called a Spouse Visa, or sometimes called a Spousal Visa or even a Marriage Visa. If the couple are in a de facto relationship, it could be called a De Facto Visa. In the Migration Regulations it’s a Subclass 309. Continue reading
To apply for an Australian prospective marriage visa, both parties need to be “free to marry”, ie. you must both be legally able to marry each other.
Because there are laws in most countries, including Australia and Philippines, against bigamy! You cannot be married to two people at the same time. The penalty in the Philippines, I think, is 10 years hard labour! And yes, marriages from one country are recognises in another country. Don’t think you can sweep it under the carpet. Continue reading
This is the time of year that many choose to take some time off work and to go and visit the Filipina lady whom they’ve been emailing and chatting to. We know this because every year in January Down Under Visa get plenty of enquiries from Australian men who say things like “I’ve just come back from spending _ weeks with _____ in Philippines, and now I miss her so much and I want to know how I can bring her to Australia”. Continue reading